Ever heard of Lipodystrophy? If the answer is no, we aren't surprised. It is a VERY rare disorder. Lipodystrophy refers to a medical problem where there is an abnormal distribution of fat in the body. Doesn't sound like a huge deal, but trust, it's no walk in the park. As our guest this week, Sonia, puts it "You're about to open pandora's box". We learn how this bizarre disorder comes with a ton of comorbidities - liver failure, heart failure and beyond. A disorder so intense that it took both Sonia's mother and sister's life. Sonia is still kicking though and killing it!
The boys are hungover and Jeremie has completely lost his voice (and is likely at the beginning of developing the nasty pneumonia that took him out a couple of weeks ago.) But that won't stop them from shooting the shit with their new friend Kae about life with Muscular Dystrophy. From owning your illness to the lack of accessibility we deeply explore what life is like for a young woman who is progressively losing her physical independence and living life to the fullest while she's at it!
Remember Adam? He was on the show back in May. He had no pulse. He had a machine pumping blood through his body. He needed a heart....bad.
This week he's back, live from Calgary, Alberta...and he's got a brand new heart! Let's talk about it.
This week on Sickboy, the guys sit down with New York Times bestselling author, Neil Pasricha, to chat about life, positivity, perspective and RESILIENCE.
"We are lucky. For most of us, famine, plague, economic depression, and other life-threatening catastrophes are the stuff of history books. We’re living in an era with the highest-ever rates of longevity, education, and wealth. Cars drive us home as our phones entertain us before we arrive to food delivered to the front door. We have it all!
But there’s just one side effect. We no longer have the tools to handle failure...or even perceived failure. When we fall, we lie on the sidewalk crying. When we spill, we splatter. When we crack, we shatter.
We are turning into an army of porcelain dolls.
A rude email from the boss means calling in sick. Only two likes on our post means we don’t have friends. Cell phones show us we’re never good enough. Yesterday’s butterflies are tomorrow’s panic attacks. Record numbers of students have clinical anxiety. And what about depression, loneliness, and suicide?
What do we desperately need to learn?
RESILIENCE. And we need to learn it fast."
We explore this and many other ideas in this incredibly thoughtful and eye-opening conversation with our new best friend, Neil Pasricha.
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This week on Sickboy we sit down with Stormy in front of a live audience at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver! If you've ever been wondering what Jenga, Starbucks, and brain bleeds have in common, than this is the conversation you've been waiting for! We dive into the challenges of living with seizures and a serious connective tissue disorder, all while trying to keep Stormy from turning into a total bro. Did we succeed? You decide.
This week we cap off our Vancouver studio recordings with a very special guest. Anonymous Poet and New York Times best selling author Atticus. We spend an hour talking about tapping into our creative side as a form of therapy. The shift in views on male vulnerability. Social media's effect on society and much more!
Check out Atticus' new book The Truth About Magic on sale now.
Meaghan's life has been consumed by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Wracked with anxiety her life has been a rollercoaster to say the least! Sitting down with a few dumb dumbs from Halifax on a podcast for tens of thousands doesn't help. Whenever she "screws up" she must "reset". From throwing out all of her belongings to deleting her email address and starting a new one to avoiding social situations and dating her illness is a massive mountain to climb. Meaghan was admitted at an OCD clinic (at the same hospital as seen on Girl Interrupted) where her OCD scored a 40/40 in terms of severity. Yikes.
We've landed in Vancouver and we learn all about the world of Neurofibromatosis Type 1 with Alison! A curious little genetic disease full of fascinating symptoms. Babies with swollen tongues and oversized heads. Coffee stained skin. Bulging/blind eyes. Shrinking brain tumours. Alison has been through it all! But it doesn't keep her from having a radical sense of humour!
Ankylosing Spondylitis set Katie on a life path that she never would have imagined. She developed her arthritis at 19. Something that a lot of us may not realize but, young people get arthritis and it can be super serious shit. This week we learn about the adventures of an archeologist, that arthritis is like... 100 different types of illnesses, how to turn a crying baby off (spoiler alert, it has to do with warm milk straight from the source) and how diet can seriously change a person's life.
A hurricane blew away our abilities to publish an episode for a few days but now that life is getting back to normal let's dive into a hypochondriac inducing, hella confusing, mega-complex diagnosis. Mast Cell Activation Syndrome is an absolute shit show. And that doesn't even begin to describe how tough it was for Angela to get diagnosed! Finish off your storm chip rations and put on your thinking caps. This week is a doozy.
#basicbrian. Be sure to include the hashtag on your insta story. THIS WEEK we go deep into the world of depression and anxiety with our new friend Heather. Having a baby is a lot. Having a baby and sinking deep into the depths of postpartum is a lot more. Heather has struggled for years and had a few close calls with attempts of taking her own life. Thankfully she's still with us and is making a difference within her community by spreading awareness and tearing down stigma around mental health!
This week starts off a bit weird. With a guest who last-minute pulled out the boys are left to their own devices. Pedo doctors, car accidents, nasty facial growths, an escaped convict from a psychiatric hospital. Things borderline get out of hand. Thankfully we shift gears with a phone call from our homie Jamie Keeping! She just got a new set of Pipes and her lung function is on the up and up!
Adrian was on the podcast before. We spent most of the time talking about how we're all just flesh-covered, walking, talking donuts. Adrian had Chron's. Or Colitis? Or both? We aren't super sure. But he definitely had one... but was then told he had another... but none of that mattered because he now had to deal with his failing liver. Oh and not only him but his Twin brother, Devin, was going through the exact same thing. Might as well get him on the phone and see what's up in his world too!
Maggy was born with no esophagus. After undergoing 5 major surgeries she was able to finally live a somewhat normal life... except for the fact that, now, she pukes in her lungs if she eats too much! And if that didn't sound gnarly enough she also caught hepatitis c from a contaminated blood supply, the hospital only contacted her family 13 years later to inform them of this fuck up.
So by now you're probably thinking this is some crazy shit, but believe us this is only the beginning. What do you do when one of your parents doesn't accept your illness? How do you afford your treatment, get access to the help you need, and make it on your own? Is looking for a caregiver on doyoulookgood.com really a practical solution? All of this and more on this week's episode of Sickboy.
Dylan is your typical punk band drum player. Covered in tattoos, drives a motorcycle, has a full set of false teeth... wait, what?! While rocking out as a teenager Dylan began feeling the gnarliest of pains in his jaw. After some tooth extraction and a quick biopsy, the docs find a hardcore tumour growing on the inside of Dylan's face. So what does one do? Radiate that f*cker out! Unfortunately, this rotted out every single tooth in his head.
WOWEE, it's our 200th episode - and to celebrate, we're catching up with a few of our past guests! Over the past 4 years we've had the pleasure of meeting some incredible individuals whose stories have profoundly impacted our lives. We often find ourselves wondering how they're continuing to manage the challenges they face or if they've achieved the goals that they've set. If you've been wondering the same thing, than you're in for a treat because we've set out to answer some of those questions!
As always we couldn't do this without the support of our Patreon members, if you want to join our exclusive club head over to the Sickboy Patreon page!
In honour of the Apollo 11 50th anniversary, this week we throwback to our sit down with everyone's favourite astronaut Chris Hadfield. It's not every day you get to kick it with someone who's spent a total of 166 days in space. We talk about peeing out your bones, beer in space, how the moon landing may or may not have been faked, and how perspective on life shifts after orbiting the world 1000 times.
Asbestos is no joke. Just ask Laurel. Somehow, somewhere in her life she was exposed to Asbestos in a large enough quantity that it was likely the driving force behind her diagnosis os Mesothelioma! What the frick is Mesothelioma you ask? It's a very rare form of cancer that can affect the lungs and the lining of the stomach. Unfortunately Laurel is stage 4 and there isn't much the doc's can do for her (even the world famous Sugarbaker technique wouldn't do the trick) but that doesn't stop Laurel from taking life by the balls and living out ever last moment!
When David was 12 years old he grew up very quickly. Trauma can do that to an individual. And boy oh boy David is no stranger to trauma. Over the span of only several years his father, his older brother and his mother all died leaving him with no family. But David didn't let these circumstances get the best of him. "Shaped by our past, defined by our decisions" - Words that are tattooed on his mindset. David has taken his life story and is using it to cultivate change in others. Now working as a life coach and grief counsellor David is making the most out of the cards he's been dealt.
If you'd like to reach out to David you can find his work here -
Abigail has been an OG Sickboy listener from day one. But now it's time to share her own story. A story that begins with anxiety from the human chaos that was Magic Mountain, and brings us to today where the story hasn't quite reached it's ending. Abigail suffers from Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder (OSFED). This week we dive into a childhood of mental health issues, inpatient treatment, outpatient treatment, Shrink's and meds! Sit back and enjoy and we dare you not to giggle at the sound of a little snork or two throughout the episode!
Zachary was born with Umbilical Cord Syndrom. He also happens to be an elite para-athlete in the sport of Sprint Kayak! Oh, and he also identifies as queer. At 20 years old Zach is searching for an identity. Can one be gay AND a high-performance athlete? What does it mean when you throw a life long disability into the mix? This week we go deep into the life of para-athletics, one mans queer identity and the sacrifices that are made when sport trumps your ability to express yourself fully!
A couple of years ago Ashley woke up in her home in Inuvik (way the heck up north) with what felt like "dry eye" although she was also unable to see out of half of her left eye. Turns out it was absolutely not dry eye. It was ocular melanoma — a rare form of cancer. From needles into the eyeball to radiated watch batteries being surgically implanted into your head, to potential eye enucleation! This episode will make you stop taking those wet colourful head balls for granted.
Amy went through something that many women across Canada (and the world) experience. Stillbirth. This week we dive deep into the taboo subject matter of giving birth to a dead human. Bryde from Turn Me On podcast fills in for Tay and helps us navigate the world of women's health, reproductive health, abortion, stillbirth, endo and more. Sounds heavy, but Amy was a spectacular guest who in true Sickboy fashion knew how to roll with the punches.
Last week Taylor was seriously injured when he was struck by a car while riding nearly 50km per hour on his road bike. The fellas get together by Tays bedside to talk about the traumatic incident. From bouncing off windshields like a basketball to a mysterious theft of $400 glasses to lacerated internal organs. Taylor is extremely lucky to be alive and our baby boy has a long road to recovery.
Live from Edmonton, Alberta, the guys sit down with Jared, a Death Investigator with an aversion to throwing up. Jared is one of 6 Death Investigators covering thousands of square kilometres of Alberta cities and townships. He and his team are responsible for assessing all deaths that happen outside of the hospital and determine whether they might be suspicious... and if you're thinking that that sounds like a busy or daunting task, than consider this: on Jared's busiest weekend he's been to 35 different deaths (also, spoiler alert - Jared's weekend is the same for everyone else, Friday to Sunday... yeah, duh Jared). If this doesn't sound crazy enough, imagine what it would be like to be around all of these decaying bodies when you constantly are worried that you're going to throw up. Well, Jared hates spewing chunks so much so that he literally has what's known as hypochondriacs disorder... so, let's talk about it!